Re: Work or Pay Systems
From: melanie griffin (
Date: Thu, 31 Jul 2008 14:47:45 -0700 (PDT)
or maybe we disagree.While everyone's work has a different value, and that
can change over time and with circumstances, I think every community has to
come to some kind of consensus about how people contribute. You seem to like
market value, and if that works for you and your community more power to
you. I just can't accept that because capitalism values the work of a
garbage collector more than that of a babysitter, garbage collection is
always and everywhere more valuable than caring for children, so I advocate
communication rather than assumption that everyone thinks alike.  No two
people will ever agree on the relative merits of all work, so there need to
be some governing principles that the community can live with, a range of
which many people have generously shared in previous posts. I don't happen
to think market forces have to be those principles, and my point was that we
need to realistically assess what we need for self-care in and out of
cohousing, decide how to value it in a way that works for us, and not make
cohousing the villain in our realization that life sometimes requires some

On Thu, Jul 31, 2008 at 5:31 PM, Brian Bartholomew <bb [at]> wrote:

> Perhaps we have both misunderstood each other?
> I was arguing that there are no factors that support the idea that
> every person produces the same amount of value per hour.
> When two people agree to exchange X money for Y labor, that is a real
> solution to a specific instance of how those people value things.
> -----
> | By the way, has anyone looked at Bartering, Community Exchange
> | Systems or Local Exchange Systems? That might be an equitable way to
> | balance value of work trades in a community.
> Local currency systems like Ithica Hours seem to embrace the evils of
> paper money faster than national currencies.  The issuers of those
> currencies inflate it to incent consumption as a social goal.  The
> purpose of local currency is to make it hard to cooperate outside the
> local hamlet.  Is this a goal you share?
>                                                        Brian
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